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Sean McHugh

Screen Time? How about Creativity Time? - Mitchel Resnick - Medium - 0 views

  • Too often, designers of educational materials and activities simply add a thin layer of technology and gaming over antiquated curriculum and pedagogy
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      I think because the designers of these apps are not educators and are therefore assuming that they often traditional education they experienced is the norm or at the very least is still a desirable outcome for the kids that they are designing their Apps for.
  • But I’m also sure that some students found it very discouraging and disempowering. And the activity put an emphasis on questions that can be answered quickly with right and wrong answers — certainly not the type of questions that I would prioritize in a classroom.
  • In many cases, the skeptics apply very different standards to new technologies than to “old” technologies. They worry about the antisocial impact of a child spending hours working on a computer, while they don’t have any concerns about a child spending the same time reading a book. They worry that children interacting with computers don’t spend enough time outside, but they don’t voice similar concerns about children playing musical instruments. I’m not suggesting that there are no reasons for concern. I’m just asking for more consistency.
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  • For kids growing up today, laptops and mobile phones aren’t high-tech tools — they’re everyday tools, just like crayons and watercolors.
  • Of course there’s a problem if children spend all their time interacting with screens — just as there would be a problem if they spent all their time playing the violin or reading books or playing sports. Spending all your time on any one thing is problematic. But the most important issue with screen time is not quantity but quality. There are many ways of interacting with screens; it doesn’t make sense to treat them all the same
  • Rather than trying to minimize screen time, I think parents and teachers should try to maximize creative time. The focus shouldn’t be on which technologies children are using, but rather what children are doing with them
Keri-Lee Beasley

Film Club - The New York Times - 1 views

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    Great film club by the NY Times. The documentaries are top class and the teaching materials helpful.
Keri-Lee Beasley

4 Tools to Help Kids Develop Empathy and Cultural Humility | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

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    Empathy & Cultural Humility - great skills for our students to develop.
Keri-Lee Beasley

http://csunplugged.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CSUnplugged_OS_2015_v3.1.pdf - 0 views

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    Computational Thinking and enrichment for primary aged students
Keri-Lee Beasley

Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship | MindShift | KQED News - 2 views

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    "This emergence of video as a high-stakes media form requires a rethinking of what we mean by digital citizenship. We need to move from a conflation of digital citizenship with internet safety and protectionism to a view of digital citizenship that's pro-active and prioritizes media literacy and savvy. A good digital citizen doesn't just dodge safety and privacy pitfalls, but works to remake the world, aided by digital technology like video, so it's more thoughtful, inclusive and just."
Keri-Lee Beasley

Approaches to Learning (ATL) Posters - 3 views

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    Well-designed posters for the Approaches to Learning in MYP
Keri-Lee Beasley

Into Film - 1 views

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    Great resource for all manner of things related to Film. From camera angles and shots to plans for running film clubs, this is a site worth diving into.
David Caleb

Guide to encourage kids to share their digital lives - Internet Matters - 2 views

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    Internet matters resource, guide and supporting app
Keri-Lee Beasley

Leading successful change in schools - The Synapse - Medium - 0 views

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    Great summary by John Burns
Keri-Lee Beasley

Will You Do a Snapchat Streak With Me? - Note to Self - WNYC - 0 views

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    Interesting for students to be aware of ways developers hook them in to habits
Keri-Lee Beasley

The Epic BYOD Toolbox | Edutopia - 1 views

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    Great list of apps organised by type of use
Keri-Lee Beasley

Dove Helps Girls Build Confidence Through Selfie Project | StyleCaster - 0 views

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    Dove ad campaign looking at beauty and selfie culture
Keri-Lee Beasley

Elevate Digital Citizenship Through SEL | Common Sense Education - 0 views

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    Exploring Digital Dilemmas and social and emotional learning
Sean McHugh

How Stephen King Teaches Writing - The Atlantic - 0 views

  • One either absorbs the grammatical principles of one’s native language in conversation and in reading or one does not
  • Reading is the key, though. A kid who grows up hearing “It don’t matter to me” can only learn doesn’t if he/she reads it over and over again
  • You need to take out the stuff that’s just sitting there and doing nothing
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  • Ask yourself what they need to get on in life, the bare minimum (like filling in a job application), and concentrate on that.
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      Surely this is true of reading as well? Maybe some students need to just focus on being 'functional' readers, like reading the instructions on a job application.
  • telling the truth is the most important thing, much more important than the grammar
  • I would often ask them to describe operations that they take for granted. Ask a girl to write a paragraph on how she braids her sister’s hair. Ask a boy to explain a sports rule. These are just basic starting points, where students learn to write on paper what they might tell a friend. It keeps it concrete. If you ask a kid to write on “My Favorite Movie,” you’re opening the door to subjectivity, and hence to a flood of clichés
  • See, then say
  • A good reader digging into a good book is wonderful. Musical
  • Reading good fiction is like making the jump from masturbation to sex
  • Good teachers can be trained, if they really want to learn (some are pretty lazy). Great teachers, like Socrates, are born
  • What about teaching? Craft, or art?

    King: It’s both. The best teachers are artists

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